De Blasio Wants More Speed Cameras And Greater Freedom To Use Them

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Anna Sanders reports for the Staten Island Advance:

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wants more speed cameras to deter dangerous drivers across the five boroughs.

Expanding use of the cameras is part of de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” plan to completely eliminate traffic fatalities.

“The speed cameras have worked. There is no question the speed cameras have worked,” de Blasio said at a Brooklyn press conference on Vision Zero’s progress Tuesday. “They are a crucial part of our arsenal and we need much more freedom to put them in so we can save lives. It is as simple as that.”

State lawmakers created and regulate the city program placing the cameras in 140 school speed zones.

The Department of Transportation, or DOT, is only allowed to operate 240 cameras now during school hours. The city uses 40 mobile cameras and another 200 in fixed locations.

There are six school zones on Staten Island with the fixed cameras, according to DOT. Each of the zones can have more than one camera on several approaches. The city’s lucrative speed cameras program is violating the state law set up to implement the program.

City officials said on Tuesday that they’ll lobby Albany to let them use more cameras and operate them with greater freedom. Read more at Staten Island Advance.

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